Las Vegas, N.M. – To commemorate International Women’s Day, HU-CARES is holding a clothing and toiletries drive March 27 to benefit clients at the Tri-County Family Justice Center in Las Vegas.
“Our staff at HU-CARES reached out to the Tri-County Family Justice Center because they do so much for women in the community,” said Ruthy Watson, HU-CARES director. “It’s only fitting to partner with an agency that focuses on helping women in crisis.”
CARES stands for center for advocacy, resources, education and support.
Watson said that while the Tri-County Family Justice Center is based in Las Vegas, it also serves San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.
“HU-CARES has an ongoing partnership with the Tri-County Family Justice Center to provide education, referrals and resources to both the community and Highlands students,” Watson said.
Watson said people may bring clothing and toiletries to the Highlands Student Center atrium on March 27 beginning at 10 a.m. HU-CARES staff will be on hand to accept the donations for the one-day drive that ends at 5 p.m.
“We’re really hoping for an explosion of donations to exemplify the caring and supportive nature of the Highlands and Las Vegas community,” Watson said.
Watson said that many times women in crisis don’t have enough toiletries such as lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, or personal items like tampons.
“This makes it even more challenging to care for themselves in a way that feels good,” Watson said.
Watson said that while we celebrate International Women’s Day March 8, we should always celebrate the women in our lives.
“It’s also a day to celebrate both the global contributions of women ranging from education to social justice. And it’s a day to consider the plight of women who are struggling with barriers in health, education, equality and equity.”